274. Don’t Give Up

There came a time in my life when my thinking changed – from how people and circumstances affected me to how I affected other people and circumstances. That change happened amidst major depression, and I credit the new thinking as one of the ingredients in the recipe for triumphing over depression.

If you’ve been reading my blogs for some time, you have seen that there is no silver bullet to deliver one from deep depression, unspeakable grief, or other dark conditions of the soul. It is a bit of this and a bit of that, a matter of many threads working together to form a garment of healing. It’s like a golf swing. You can do one part perfectly, but if you don’t incorporate other parts of the swing, the end result won’t be pretty.

There are threads that are woven from the body – exercise, medication, and good sleep are a few of them. There are other threads from the soul – psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral thinking, faithful friends, and support groups are some. And there are threads from the spirit – a spiritual counselor, Christian inner healing, reading the psalms of David, discovering the stories of the many Christians who have overcome depression. The more threads you weave into the healing fabric, the better your chances for recovery.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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